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Qi colour from hidden resonances : for piano

by Bruce Crossman (2010)

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Performance by Antonietta Loffredo from the CD Shadows and silhouettes

Shadows and silhouettes


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Qi colour from hidden resonances : for piano / Bruce Crossman.

Library shelf no. 786.2/CRO 5 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This piece was written for my friend and University of Western Sydney colleague, Diana
Blom, for her China-Australia exchange project. The work was inspired by the Chinese
literati philosophy where subtle hidden sounds of yun sit alongside more robust qi energy.
Hidden half timbres from rubber-stopped and finger-dampened strings, as well as silently
undampened strings as resonators for attack dyad resonances gradually build to and decay
from juxtaposed colour blocks of sound strewn across wide resonances as a type of qi
inspired energy. Chinese modes in joyous linear bursts in the treble register heighten the
exuberance. The wild juxtapositions draw on the free improvisation of MMW (Medeski,
Martin and Wood) as much as Chinese literati philosophy. The work closes with a return
to the hidden resonances, but, with high melodic modal touches imitative of birds
awakening the bush at the base of the Blue Mountains on my morning run.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Prepared piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Diana Blom

Written for Associate Professor Diana Blom for the Shadows and Silhouettes project at ISME CEPROM Commission concert, 28th July 2010 in Shanghai.


Performances of this work

18 Aug 2011: at Shadows & Silhouettes (Theme & Variations Showroom (Willoughby NSW)). Featuring Antonietta Loffredo.

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